IBS and Mental Illness
IBS and mental illness connections aren’t discussed enough.
Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome AND a mental illness that began after your IBS diagnosis? It’s quite common.
However, somehow in 2017 we still face the judgement of some people who don’t suffer from a mental illness and refuse to try and understand. The ignorance blows my mind!
Society treats physical and mental illnesses very differently, as if mental illnesses aren’t real.
They’re real and I wish they weren’t!
This incredibly old photo to your left was me, less than a year after my IBS diagnosis.
This photo was taken during a rough time in my life.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome was still such a new concept and a huge lifestyle change.
I was at my smallest adult weight in this photo, which was considered under weight.
We were also in between homes, living in a less than ideal rental and I was far from my friends.
Not long after this, I experienced my first panic attack which was absolutely terrifying and changed my life forever.
It’s so obvious here that I’m sporting a fake smile, and some pretty sad little eyebrows…
Give me a break y’all, I was only 17!!
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If you fixate on intrusive thoughts like I sometimes do, this little cube is a great distraction.
This is a toy that is child and adult-friendly.
This cube is a way to occupy your mind when you need to the most!
I always found that my anxiety and depression were worse when I wasn’t busy or thinking about other things.
When I’m busy, I forget about those horrible feelings for the most part.
If you feel like you have a little too much down time and need something to put your mind at ease, check out this neat, affordable gadget!
Great way to easily combat IBS and mental illness symptoms.
Seek Treatment For Mental Illness
Properly managing your mental illness can help tame some of those IBS symptoms, especially if it relates to stress.
Stress and IBS don’t work well, stress can worsen IBS.
Stress has gotten me to the point where I needed to visit the ER because the IBS symptoms got so bad.
Mental illnesses usually are stressful to deal with and add stress to your life.
Most commonly with IBS, people experience anxiety or depression and sometimes both.
Don’t let these illnesses go untreated.
You don’t want to fight a mental illness alone, having family, friends or a community support group is helpful.
I created a special group on Facebook for people with IBS, so that we can have a private and dedicated place to share victories, seek advice and support.
Feel free to join us here on our IBS tribe support group on Facebook, a positive place to have these discussions and anything IBS-related!
Beyond professional consultation and treatments, there are so many things that YOU can do to cope with both IBS and mental illness.
Working Through Anxiety or A Phobia
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook
This is an amazing tool if your mental illness is anxiety or phobia-related.
Workbooks like this are perfect for gaining information, but also include exercises, so you can actively work towards recovery.
A few years ago I had horrible anxiety and it caused a lot of issues in my life.
It took a long time for me to get through them, but having a work book can make the process a little easier.
Positive Mind Means Positive Life!
Remaining positive and getting rid of positive energy can help reduce stress and depression, I’ve experienced it myself.
I’ve listened to this specific hypnosis track multiple times and it is incredibly helpful.
I was skeptical about the whole thing, but was quickly surprised by how well this thing works.
This guy seriously puts me in the most relaxed state I have ever felt, a place of relaxation I had never experienced.
Hypnosis is a tool of treatment that many of us don’t think about. You can experience hypnosis from the comforts of your own home.
You have to allow yourself to tune into this track and fully relax and the results will be shocking and life-changing!